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RIPA 2 Solar Battery Charger for iPads, Tablets, eReaders
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Ripa Solar Charger has saved me many times!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, IL Written on May 22, 2013
I love this RIPA solar charger it has saved me sooo many times. I charge my iPhone with it and it charges it right up, all the way within like 30 mins. I have had the charger charge up from the computer or from the sun and it works great both ways. The only bad thing is that the instructions in the box are clearly written by someone whose language is not English. Took me a little while to figure it out.Great for camping or when no electric is available.
Pros: portability, ease of use
Cons: instructions are hard to read...
Would recommend: Yes
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Completely non-functional

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 18, 2013
In any sense, this product doesn't work as advertised.

Though it claims to have a 4000 mAh battery, it doesn't really. The battery pack works as advertised, but only puts out about 1,000 mAh before it's dead. Yes, I realize it needs a few cycles to reach its full capacity, but after 20 tries, it's nowhere near the stated capacity.

The solar cell is completely ineffective, either because it's too small or the charging circuitry is improperly designed. As other reviews on the web have stated, it will NEVER charge the battery to any sort of useful level. From dead it will return it to "1 bar" on the 4 light built-in scale, which still equates to being to low to do anything productive. Even if left in a window, or windshield, for days, weeks, or months, it will never bring the battery over the "1 bar" charge level.

Admittedly, the crudely translated instructions do state to charge the battery from a PC to make a full charge, but that's nowhere in the advertising, whatsoever. So, although it appears to have a solar panel attached, it's essentially a non-functional panel.

All this does well is to serve as an attractive paper-weight.
Pros: None
Cons: Battery is far less than advertised, solar panel is completely ineffective, cables are very cheap/sloppy, instructions are crudely translated at best...
Would recommend: No
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